There’s an extensive network of scenic, well-waymarked walking and hiking trails on Pico. Those designated ‘easy’ generally suitable for easy-to-moderate trail running, while ‘medium’ or ‘difficult’ trails are hilly and feature more challenging footing. A few of our favorites in the ‘easy’ category:
Mistérios do Sul do Pico. Up to 8.7 km one-way. Follows the middle part of the southern coast between Companhia de Cima and Silveira. Lava fields, great water views, tidal pools and ‘natural’ swimming areas. About 1/3 of the route is along road. For those who want a mainly road section, choose the ~2 km section from Silveira headed west.
Interior Roads. There are some lovely roads for running on the southwest part of the island, just south of Madalena and inland from Monte. These unnamed roads are lightly trafficked and wind through a combination of woods and farmland. For a less hilly option, we recommend driving east of the ER1 in the area between Criacao Velha and Candelaria, and running the roads north-south. This will be more rolling hills.